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What will I learn?

Public health aims to address social and environmental factors that lead to illness or poor health to prevent disease, prolong life and improve the health and wellbeing of populations and communities. Along with addressing determinants of poor health, you will cultivate skills to promote health and wellbeing in healthy populations to maintain health over the lifespan.

The field goes beyond the treatment of disease or poor health in individuals. As a Public Health Practitioner, you will work at a population and systems level and use diverse approaches including policy development; data analysis and reporting; media and advocacy; public events, and community-based education and interventions to address health concerns and promote health and wellbeing within communities. For example, a variety of these methods may be used to assist with global health issues such as COVID-19, heart disease, cancer and mental health, negatively impacting populations. You will also have a focus on equity in access to health programs and services for priority population groups such as the homeless, Aboriginal people and migrants.

Students will benefit from a curriculum aligned to the Australian Public Health Competency Framework and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework. This will provide you with transferable skills that can be applied across the growing health industry at all levels of government as well as in a variety of organisations such as the Australian Red Cross, the Heart Foundation, the Royal Society for the Blind, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

What you'll learn

Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, you will become equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute as a dynamic and forward-thinking generalist Public Health Practitioner.

You will develop skills to engage with communities to promote wellbeing through locally-relevant information and activities and contribute to prevention and control of global disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, Influenza and Smallpox. You will also learn epidemiological techniques to identify patterns in population health, such as prevalence of mental health, novel associations between risk factors and diseases such as diabetes or cancer.

During your first year you will develop foundational knowledge in core areas of practice and in your second year you will focus on the application of that knowledge. In final year, there will be an emphasis on becoming a public health practitioner and your transition into the workforce, driving your career development.

Graduates of this degree will meet a broad range of industry-relevant public health competencies across six key areas including:

Health Monitoring and Surveillance
Disease Prevention and Control
Health Protection
Health Promotion
Health Policy, Planning and Management
Evidence-based Professional Population Health Practice.

Benefit from the opportunity to study either one Minor or choose from four elective courses. Your Minor can be made up from the University’s wide list of Majors and Minors, allowing you to develop a unique combination of knowledge and skills to your interest and future career, becoming ready to work in either industry or research. On the other hand, your four elective courses can be selected from a specific list of courses related to the degree.



Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$31,000.00 (16,79,307) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. The SAT scoring system has changed. Upon application old scores will be converted if required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Diploma or above
Complete a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, or
Complete a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with no band less than 20; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 577 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 177; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 58 with no communicative score less than 58; CELUSA score of AE5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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